This book revisits the philosophy of B.R Ambedkar in the context of the present socio-economic-political realities of India. It examines the philosophical and theoretical interventions of Ambedkar, as well as his egalitarian principles of equality, liberty, fraternity and morality. Noting the current shift in state policy from welfarism to neoliberalism, the book argues that the measures, interventions and recommendations that Ambedkar made are highly appropriate and concrete to face challenges and can be considered as practical solutions to existing problems. It studies various themes that form a part of his oeuvre such as Buddhism, federalism, justice, social exclusion, representation, anti-caste system, women’s equality, among others. It also discusses his impact on literature, visual arts, and literary, democratic and cultural movements throughout history.


The volume positions Ambedkar as a theoretician, social reformer, and a real visionary of social justice and democratization. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of social exclusion, politics, especially Indian political thought, sociology and South Asian studies.

chapter 1|20 pages


ByJagannatham Begari

chapter 2|12 pages

Ambedkar as a political philosopher

ByValerian Rodrigues

chapter 4|26 pages

Ambedkar's democracy and state socialism

ByK.Y. Ratnam

chapter 5|14 pages

Vagabond Dalit: social obligation and quest for freedom

ByHarish S. Wankhede

chapter 8|19 pages

Women's question in Ambedkar's social philosophy

ByKomal Rajak